As you prepare for your wedding day photography one of the best things you can do with your photographer is have an engagement session.  Some of the benefits of doing an engagement session are:

  • You get to know your photographer better.
  • By practicing some key poses you are better prepared for wedding day photography.
  • This session will help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera.
  • Of course, you will receive lots of fun photos to remember your courtship.
  • Many people use the photos in their save the date cards or for additional printed material on wedding day.
  • It is lots of fun.  Just look at some of the photos below.

With all these benefits in mind it makes sense to plan accordingly to get the most out of your engagement session.  Here are some points to ponder if you are planning your engagement session with Matt Mason Photography:

  1. Take a look at our previous engagement sessions to familiarize yourself with our style and approach.  Here is a link to our portfolio engagement sessions.
  2. Plan enough time to get to the session so that you are relaxed and can enjoy yourself.  Our goal is that we get to know each other and have an enjoyable experience.
  3. Think about props.  Do you have sports teams you are fond of and want to highlight?  Perhaps you have a hobby or have a cool sports car.  Bring something along to make the session special.
  4. Some people have pets.  This can be a great addition but it can also be distracting.  If you have a very active puppy or dog you may consider bringing along a friend to watch them after we get a few key shots with them.
  5. Hair and makeup.  Ladies why not go the extra mile and pamper yourself with a hair and makeup session?  Often this helps the you feel even more confident about having a photo session.  While on the topic of hair I suggest having a back up plan for a windy day.  Maybe a cute hat or a hair band to pull your hair back etc.
  6. Check-in the night before with a text or phone call to make sure our calendars read the same thing.  (262.745.4000)
  7. Location: our packages come with a session planned in the Lake Geneva area but you can upgrade to Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago or even further if you would like.  We can give you a custom quote.
  8. If you have an extended time of 60-90 minutes you might consider having two outfits.  One may be more dressy and the other casual.  If you have a shorter timeframe wear comfortable but flattering clothing.  Layering is a great way to make clothing changes faster as well!
  9. When shooting with Matt Mason Photography you should consider clothes that allow you to get down on the ground, jump in the air or give each other piggy back rides.  Matching clothes isn't as much in vogue these days but certainly coordinated colors help.  Stay away from pinstripes that can be distracting.  Make sure the clothes are comfortable and flattering to you.  Try on new clothes before you get to the session.

At Matt Mason Photography we have several ways you can upgrade and take your session to the next level.

  • We can make a fusion video of your session.  Here is a sample.  We combine the favorite photos with video clips and turn your engagement session into a music video of the experience.  Investment: $400
  • Movie Poster.  We can design a 16 x 20 print with movie poster language to remember the session with.  This design can also be used as Save the Dates etc.  Here is a sample.  Investment: $250
  • Travel fees: Chicago area engagement session: $500-$750, Milwaukee, Rockford, Madison, Baraboo: $250-$500, Lake Geneva: free with your included session.  Have a special location in mind?  We can develop a custom quote based on the location.  Some people travel to overnight locations like Washington DC, New York City, Las Vegas etc.  We are happy to entertain your ideas and see what could work in both of our schedules.

Below are some sample photos we have captured to get your creative juices flowing.  Of course if you want to spend an evening perusing all the engagement sessions that our company has captured in recent years there are over 300 to look at here.

Airport Engagement Session
Airport Engagement Session
Movie Poster Engagement Photo
Movie Poster Engagement Photo
Matt Mason Photography Engagement
Matt Mason Photography Engagement
Lake Geneva Sunset Engagement Session
Lake Geneva Sunset Engagement Session
Lake Geneva Engagement Session on Piers
Lake Geneva Engagement Session on Piers
Hollywood Kiss Engagement Session
Hollywood Kiss Engagement Session
Fall Engagement Session
Fall Engagement Session
Engagement Session at Miller Park
Engagement Session at Miller Park
Couple flying kite on engagement session
Couple flying kite on engagement session
Clone Photo Engagement Session
Clone Photo Engagement Session
Chicago Engagement Session
Chicago Engagement Session
Chicago Engagement Photo
Chicago Engagement Photo
Ring in foreground Engagement
Ring in foreground Engagement